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Old 02-07-2013, 12:27 PM   #3526
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Bluhduh The day of rain, overturns and rail road bridges

We pressed on. The rain was pouring down. In Khani we had stopped for some food. A lot of locals came and talked with us. Most of them drunk, but friendly. A friend of Walters also showed up and asked us to stay. We thanked him, but said we would drive on. Lots of people warned us about the rivers running high due to all the rain. Again we thanked them, but said we would try. If we couldn't make it we would come back and drink Vodka with them

20 k's from Khani was the firs big river with no bridge. The Yus-Kyuel, a side river from the mighty Khani. We checked the river out and decided we could not cross at the normal place.




It was now in the afternoon. We followed a track along the river a few hundred meters in order to find a better place to cross. Then we came to the rail road bridge and there was a small hut there. We were wet and tired and decided to check out the hut. If it was OK we would spend the night there. A quick look was all it took. We would continue. It was almost raining as much on the inside as the outside

For us to continue it dawned on us that we only had but one option left. The rail road bridge. We had only done this once before with Walter and Terry. Then we had walked the bridge first and put out lookouts at both ends in order to see if a train was coming. We figured out that this we could do ourselves

We did some scouting and found an embarkment that would put us up by the tracks. We drove the bikes up and parked. We did all the Indian tricks and both felt and listened on the tracks. Nothing. Then we decided that this was not quite the way to do it. We had to walk and use the old Eyeball 20/20. Erik walked over the bridge to the first turn. Steve walked back to the first turn. When they both gave me the OK signal I crossed. Then I went to the far end where Erik had been staying while Erik went back for his bike. New thumbs up and Erik crossed. Then Erik swapped places with Steve and Steve finally crossed, and Erik came back across the bridge for the fifth time I hoped we wouldn't need to cross to many bridges because this took forever. If we would use the same amount of time for each bridge it would be snowing by the time we got to Tynda




It was a fairly long bridge, but we succeeded Crossing this bridge on our own gave us confidence and new energy. This was fun We would continue as far as we could that day. The initial goal of the day was Yuktali. A stretch of 330 km. All proper off road and the few road bridges we crossed were very slippery.




We did ride beside the rail road for some stretches, but the missing bridges and high water level forced us up on the embarkment.




At first we didn't know what to do when a train came. Should we hide or just stay? Every time a train passed it honked its horn. We soon noticed though that they just saluted us and waved from the loc No angry faces. Just friendly waving. I love Russia




After we noticed this we all relaxed more and enjoyed the riding. In Europe we would have been arrested for doing this, but here we even raced the train

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:33 PM   #3527
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Sorry to interrupt. Have to look it up Geir, but I'm quite sure it's white and red. Brown is always earth with BMW and has actually no (not that I know off at least) function in this little loom

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Found the pic I was looking for



And his clutch switch brother:



I'm sorry, embarrassed and apologise that the mount gave you guys so much trouble . I underestimated the weight and leverage of the quite large KTM fairing. It's probably my racing background that sometimes makes me overdo it at weight saving. Walter took a proto of this setup to Morocco, fell heavily with it and eventually rode it as the maniac he actually is and it survived. Maybe we should commit to do proto testing a little nearer to home? See you in spring for the mounting of V2.0 mate.
You are right about the colors my friend. I take this of my sometimes meandering mind, but to make sure I just cut them all

No worries with the subframes. We got them tested properly and it was just spice on the trip

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:42 PM   #3528
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Chara Sands

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Now that your team is leaving Chara, I believe it's an appropriate time to ask whether you considered, or have done, seeing the sand dunes. (Чарские пески).

Not what comes to mind when you think of Siberia, thus what makes it that extra-special:



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Repeat question for Walter...
Is your bike still running on original clutch plates, fuel pump and injector?
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Unfortunately we did nit see the Chara Desert, but I've been to another one further north, the Kuzomen in Varzuga

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:22 PM   #3529
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The BAM and the rail road bridges

After Chara there are a lot of rail road bridges going East We crossed one after another. Some small and some big. We soon decided that we couldn't stop and walk every bridge. It would take ages. In the beginning we stopped and looked very carefully. Then rode over.




Then after a while we just checked our mirrors and went for it. Here Steve and I have crossed and we hear the train coming. Erik didn't




Erik after the crossing He just got off...




Then things went pear shaped For the record; there is room between a bike and a train in these small booths. We know...




Then the spring that holds up the side stand of Steve's bike fell off. On the middle of a bridge Erik rushes in and ties the side stand up with a TT strap




Then it got dark

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:30 PM   #3530
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... whether you considered, or have done, seeing the sand dunes. (Чарские пески) ....

Repeat question for Walter...
Is your bike still running on original clutch plates, fuel pump and injector?
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I wanted to ride the Chara dunes this year, but the weather was crap ... if the weather was good and I had been on the bike that day, I would have led the guys our there ... the track to the dunes comes out from Old Chara.

I have changed clutch plates at 60,000 km to be safe ,,, and the old plates were an indiscernible difference in thickness from the new replacements. i.e. they had no measurable wear in 60,000 km.

Injector, no. Still original.

Fuel pump yes. I replaced the fuel pump assembly about 45,000 km ... but there was no problem with the pump. Just really wanted to change fuel filter and the only way to do that was to change the whole assembly. Now that Terry has found a great way to change filter for less than 20 pounds, I will not be doing that again.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:35 PM   #3531
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Erik after the crossing He just got off...


That looks like the same bridge TonyP almost got hit on 3 years earlier. Heading in the opposite direction ... same deal ... Terry and I heard it, but Tony didnt.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #3532
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I'm sorry, embarrassed and apologise that the mount gave you guys so much trouble . I underestimated the weight and leverage of the quite large KTM fairing. It's probably my racing background that sometimes makes me overdo it at weight saving.
No way ... Do not apologise mate. Dont even think about it.

If people like you didnt take risks to develop new products for adventure bikes, we probably would be there. Sometimes it takes a while for issues to show through. I certainly gave it a thrashing in Morocco, but I really do feel this years ride was the toughest ride for bike and rider I can imagine. The BAM is just a tiny part of the overall off road ride from Europe.

Developing products is always going to be a risky especially when they are thrown into very harsh environments. But I would beg you and other product developers like you to keep taking those risks for the benefit of all people on these forums. The more guys like you develop product for the ADVmarket, the better off we all are.


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Old 02-07-2013, 01:45 PM   #3533
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Then things went pear shaped For the record; there is room between a bike and a train in these small booths. We know...

You actually mean that a train went by while you were crossing? Holy shit, that must have been scary... Take it easy guys, looks like you got a bit careless there...
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Then it got dark

At this stage, Terry and I were following EtronX's spot tracker on my smart phone. By the time it got dark it was 10pm ... and the spot tracker was still moving !

I was thinking to myself as I looked out our hotel window in Chara, at the rain pissing down outside, while we sipped beers, that these Norwegians sure like it wet. They got some discipline and balls riding in these conditions like that. I admired that.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:49 PM   #3535
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Olyokma River

Finally after a hard days ride we got to the Olyokma river at about 2300. We drove down to the bridge to take a look, but decided against crossing due to it being so late. We knew there was a guard on the other end and we didn't want to alarm him by crossing at night.

We headed back to find a place to put up our tents. Everything we had on was wet and it would be nice to dry something out. Just before the bridge on the West side there is a rail road station. We took a look around and then found this big house placed on poles. Maybe we could fit the tents below the house. We checked and there was enough room We just put up our inner tents and hang everything we had around for drying. There was a good breeze blowing under the house. We had great hopes that everything should be dry in the morning We hit the sack and soon ZZZZZZ's were the only sound heard, except for the occasionally train that comes every five minutes during the whole night

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:54 PM   #3536
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No way ... Do not apologise mate. Dont even think about it.

If people like you didnt take risks to develop new products for adventure bikes, we probably would be there. Sometimes it takes a while for issues to show through. I certainly gave it a thrashing in Morocco, but I really do feel this years ride was the toughest ride for bike and rider I can imagine. The BAM is just a tiny part of the overall off road ride from Europe.

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I 100% agree. Keep up the good work Erik. We thank you for letting us have all this great stuff for our bikes

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:03 PM   #3537
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[Monty python] Stop. This is silly. get on with the ride [/Monty python]

Is there an emoticon for blushing?

Get this show back where it belongs: on the road

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:09 PM   #3538
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Sorry for the interruption, but what is the purpose of the angle iron, which runs parallel to the tracks on the rail bridges?
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:12 PM   #3539
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Sorry for the interruption, but what is the purpose of the angle iron, which runs parallel to the tracks on the rail bridges?
In case of derailment, it keeps the wheels of the cars from wandering too much, so the derailing car doesn't impact the actual bridge structure.

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:16 PM   #3540
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Just stunning....

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Now that your team is leaving Chara, I believe it's an appropriate time to ask whether you considered, or have done, seeing the sand dunes. (Чарские пески).

Not what comes to mind when you think of Siberia, thus what makes it that extra-special:

WOW... beautiful scenery.... totally breathtaking ... wondering why its called what is called "Devil's Sands"- any info on it from our russian adv-erers?

Thanks all the "troops" for briliant RR... Hats off to you gents...I'm totally amazed ...

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